South Florida Cops Convicted of Questionable Felonies After Whistleblowing Complaint


Every day we read stories of cops gone bad, abusing the power of their badge, only to get free passes from their superiors, leaving us wondering why don’t the good cops, if there are any, ever speak up.

But if we look a little deeper, we will realize that those cops who do speak up end up getting retaliated against, their lives turned into a living hell, resulting in termination, hospitalization and even incarceration.

Police call it the Blue Code of Silence, that unwritten rule that you turn the other way when you see an officer abuse his power. Not much different than Omerta, the deadly code of silence within the mafia.

Take the case of New York City police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who had spent almost a year secretly recording conversations with superiors encouraging officers to meet arrest quotas, even if it meant making unlawful arrests on innocent citizens, while refusing to take valid complaints from citizens in order to keep crime stats down.

When he took the evidence to investigators, they began retaliating against him with intimidation tactics, eventually forcing their way into his home and dragging him to a hospital where he remained in the psychiatric ward for six days against his will.

The Village Voice has covered that story extensively, including posting audio clips of the chilling exchange between the officers and himself when they entered his apartment and forced him to go to a hospital as well as clips of the original recordings that he brought before investigators.

Schoolcraft, whose is still suspended without pay, has filed a suit, which is still pending.

Then there’s the case of Florida Highway Patrol officer Donna Watts, who made national news in 2011 when she pulled over a speeding Miami police officer for speeding, handcuffing him in an incident captured on her dash cam.

While many of us applauded her, police officers from various departments retaliated, not just against her, but against any FHP officer, including covering a patrol car in excrement. Police officers throughout the state logged onto a database to obtain her personal information, including her home address and social security number.

Watts responded by suing various departments, so far collecting more than $66,000, but she is no longer on road patrol, believing fellow officers will not back her up if she ever needed help. An outcast within her ranks.

She would probably make a good internal affairs investigator, except they would not appreciate her adherance to the law.

And there are many more cases of cops filing lawsuits claiming retaliation after blowing the whistle on illegal practices, including from New Jersey, Chicago, Maryland, Washington DC and St. Louis.

And in a separate case from New Jersey, Atlantic City police officer Mark Benjamin says he has received death threats from fellow officers after reporting police abuse.

“It was like the masses turned against me,” Benjamin said. “I reported things in reference to police misconduct and with that came the hostilities.”

And down here in Miami, we have a case of two cops facing prison sentences after one of them reported illegal activities within her department.

Ralph and Tammy Valdes, a married couple who were convicted this year for selling guns without a license, transporting stolen gun parts from a police department and filing illegal tax returns, will be sentenced in January. They face up to seven years.

All because, they say, Tammy reported six fellow cops for double-dipping; charging the Golden Beach Police Department for hours worked while working off-duty security for a private security company owned by another cop named Pedro Vila, who also happened to be on a federal task force.

That got her fired, so she filed a lawsuit and won a $233,000 settlement.

Soon after, her husband, who was a Hialeah police officer, started noticing they were being followed by cops in unmarked cars, who would also park outside their home, video recording them as they stepped out.

Ralph and Tammy Valdes

They reported it to the FBI, thinking they were being stalked by local cops, but it turned out, they were being investigated by federal ATF agents that were apparently using their muscle on behalf of their friends at the Golden Beach Police Department.

“Two of the Golden Beach officers who were identified as subjects in the investigation of my complaint by the state attorneys office were assigned and still currently work out of the same building where the ATF investigators who prosecuted our case work out of,” she explained in a Facebook message.

Through a local newspaper account, the story of their conviction comes across as justice catching up to a pair of corrupt cops, something we rarely see.

But if you take some time and listen to their story, a story that’s much too convoluted and long for the Miami Herald, you will begin to see a very strong case of injustice.

After talking to them on several occasions for more than a month, I invited them on the new PINAC TV show, hoping to keep their story under 20 minutes.

But that turned out to be impossible as we only got to skim the surface in an hour.

It’s a long video, but I hope you guys stick it out because you will see how two career police officers, who’ve never been accused of abuse, become convicted felons under federal gun laws that are selectively enforced, not to mention a glaring lack of evidence in two tacked-on charges.

They not only have lost all their cop friends, they are frequently trashed on LEO Affairs, a police forum that usually defends cops in all their transgressions.

The former firearms instructors were avid gun collectors, so they would go to the gun shows that are regularly held down here and sell their guns as many gun owners do. The transactions of guns down here is very loosely regulated, which is the way residents have preferred it for decades.

But they were arrested for selling more than 600 guns over seven years without a license. The feds allow the sale and purchase of gun, and there is no specified number of guns sold that make it illegal, so it’s a confusing situation for many gun owners who sell guns, as you can read in this gun forum.

But essentially, it boils down to if the vendor’s livelihood was dependent on the gun sales as you can read below:

as applied to a dealer in firearms, as defined in section 921 (a)(11)(A), a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms;

The couple say that they were each working two full-time jobs, as officers and as firearms instructors, so the gun sales were just a hobby and far from their main source of income.

They also say it is customary for ATF agents to issue warning letters to vendors who may be inadvertently skirting the law through their gun sales, but that never happened to them.

And as far as the tacked-on charges, transporting gun parts from the Hialeah Police Department and filing false tax returns?

There was never a report of missing gun parts from the police department and the IRS didn’t begin auditing them until after they were charged with the tax charge, which means there was no evidence to charge them with, but they were convicted nonetheless.

Their case is similar to one out of Texas a few years ago in which an FBI Agent named John Shipley was arrested on the same federal charges of selling weapons without the proper license, including a gun that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug traffickers.

The gun rights website Ammoland describes the case as being just as convoluted at this case in a very detailed report with several links:

My initial assumption, that a crooked cop got caught, was challenged within hours by a trusted source, who told me all was not as it appeared. What follows is a summation of my coverage of the story of John Shipley. The details are confusing, and often times appear to make no sense, and even today, years after my initial report, more questions remain unanswered following the strange twists and turns this case has taken.

The FBI press release ignores the irony of the ATF scandal in which guns were allowed to cross the border for five years in a lubricous attempt to eventually trace them to cartel leaders. Shipley’s family has set up a website explaining more details about the case.

While there is no indication Shipley was a whistleblower, the one gun that ended up in Mexico was actually sold to an El Paso corrections officer. And transcripts from a full-day hearing were discovered to be destroyed when he tried to prepare for his appeal.

Perhaps Shipley got on the wrong side of his superiors when he came to the defense of a woman of Iranian descent who was kicked off an airplane in 2003 during the post-9/11 hysteria, in which the woman won a $27.5 million settlement.

A Texas jury has awarded $27.5 million to a woman who says Southwest Airlines flight attendants had her arrested in 2003 because they were overly aggressive in enforcing post 9/11 security.

The charges against Samantha Carrington, a U.S. citizen born in Iran, were dropped the next day when an FBI agent investigating the case came to her defense. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles woman says, she is now subjected to heightened security while flying and cannot clear her name from watch lists.

Carrington’s lawyer, Enrique Moreno, says the case is an example of how post-Sept. 11 security measures can unfairly target innocent people, especially those with Middle Eastern backgrounds.

“It started with profiling, perhaps a stereotype, and it escalated to something much more sinister,” Moreno said Tuesday. “This particular incident has some role in that greater national discussion about balancing security with individual rights.”

The woman was extremely grateful and wanted to give Shipley money for clearing her name, but he declined and reported the offer. He was investigated for that, but they found nothing.

Instead, they turned his life into a living hell, throwing him in prison where he served two years and is currently out on supervised release where he is trying to appeal to get the conviction reversed.

But in the Valdes case, at least the six cops she initially reported are no longer there, right?

“Three were arrested and three relinquished their police certifications in lieu of prosecution,” she said. “Two are still working there and the third was just given a disability retirement compliments of the citizens he stole from.

“All three were arrested in 2011 and still have not gone to trial.”

“By the way, the attorney who was representing them was just convicted on his involvement in a $1 billion dollar Ponzi scheme and is looking at life in prison when he is sentenced on February 21.”

Please check out the above video to hear how cops who raped citizens on duty and stole from taxpayers were allowed to stay on the force while the Valdes’ were fully prosecuted on gun laws that are selectively enforced.


About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • Edward Norton

    Fight Club
    1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
    2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.

    Police Misconduct
    1st RULE: You do not talk about police misconduct.
    2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about police misconduct.

    • Robo

      Yeah, just hunt them down like the animals they are.

      • $910553

        Works for me. Let me know when it’s time. I still keep hearing the screech “NO FORT SUMTERS!!!

  • sunshipballoons

    I’m sorry, but I’m completely convinced that they violated the FLA gun law (which, really, ought to be stricter). That doesn’t mean that they weren’t victims of selective prosecution for the purpose of retaliation–they surely were–but it’s hard to feel too sorry for them since they’re guilty.

    • Frank Scotto

      The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

      • sunshipballoons

        Okay, so you’re view is that all gun control is illegal, I guess. You are free to hold that opinion, but even the most pro-gun of the Supreme Court justices don’t agree with you.

        • Frank Scotto

          Who are the “most pro-gun SCOTUS’s” ?
          Either way, the 2nd Amendment is pretty clear.

          • sunshipballoons

            Alito? Scalia? I know of no federal judge who doesn’t think you can regulate guns at all.

          • Robert49

            Hmmmmm, like regulate your right to freedom of speech? The Press? Regulate your 4th and 5th amendments too? The founding Fathers who wrote the Bill of Rights were pretty dam clear and guess what, the very first gun control laws were written by a bunch of racists who did not want to allow former black slaves to be armed! That is the origins of gun control so I guess you support that racist gun control history and so does anybody else, including a political appointee to the courts who sides with “Infringing” on my God given human right to self defense!
            The Bill Of Rights are not Privileges granted on permission from a court or any political appointee or elected representative! That is why they are noted as “Rights”

        • inquisitor

          The Constitution is supreme over the three branches of government.

          • sunshipballoons

            Yes, and????

          • inquisitor

            …there is no…and.

          • Thomas E. Ashley

            I fully Agree with the “there is No “and” regarding our Constitution or Bill of RIGHTS.
            You seem to miss the point of the whole thing…..they dug and dug and dug, invaded privacy, dug some more, Violated Rights, let Crimes and Criminals go by, had Criminal Witnesses used against them….that were Still committing Crimes AS they testified and were given time off their prison terms to testify crap, had Every branch of government pick at everything till the found something = Anything to stick on them…..Why? because they turned on Criminals in an old boys club. Think of it this way = they Can do it to you also……piss anyone off? maybe not yet, look at the wrong person whom thinks they are above you at anytime?……this whole thing is to get Revenge and set an example = don’t say a word of Our Corruption or we will screw you…..It could be You or Any member of your Family at any time. going to live like a scared rabbit afraid to look up or make a sound the rest of your life so it is Not you? Sad way to live = with no spine and on your knees to them without actually being on your knees and bowing to them. only fooling yourself you are free and a man when you are really nothing more than sheep…..bleeping in their favor sticking up for them hoping to curry favor being a good little sheep..
            I see you’ve done Nothing but post over and over again…….. Practicing your Right to Freedom of Speech = all in favor of a corrupt system… are such a sad little sheep to me, glad you are comfortable on your knees kissing an ass not even paying attention to you. .
            USN Honorably Retired & DAV.

        • Paul Kisling

          None of the Supreme Court is pro-gun. They are merely pro-law. They cannot simply dismiss the 2nd so they merely limit it.

          • sunshipballoons

            By “pro-gun,” I mean, “their interpretation of the law tends to be in favor of fewer restrictions on guns.” There’s obviously room to debate what the 2nd Amendment means, but no judge seems to think it means what Frank Scotto thinks, that is, that you can’t regulate guns.

          • Paul Kisling

            Even a blind hog finds and acorn once in a while.

          • sunshipballoons

            Not in the desert.

          • Robert49

            When I want to know what the 2nd amendment means I go to the men who wrote it in to the US Constitution! Not a political appointee 200+ years later! There is no debating “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

          • sunshipballoons

            Interesting. Let me know how the trial goes when you get prosecuted for grave-robbing. I’m also quite curious what a 200+-year-old corpse is saying to you…

          • James M Morriss

            Read the federalist papers they explain the meaning of the constitution and the thoughts behind it. Also see miller V us . It is where the SCOTUS says that all weapon of the types used by the military are specifically protected by the 2nd for the use by the civilians. Not muskets but ANY firearms. You must not have read the part of the law that says you can’t earn your income buy trading in guns without a licence. It specifically excludes collectors.

          • sunshipballoons

            Huh? Have you ever actually read the case.? It says nothing like that. It held that the federal gov’t could ban the transport of certain shotguns across state lines. Good job parroting bad information you got from somebody else, though.

      • Drew Coulter

        They sold 86 guns a year without a license. Who thinks they can get away with that? Maybe they thought they could because they were police. If you sell 5 or more guns a year, you need a federal license.

        • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

          Mr. Coulter with all due respect, your information is incorrect. Federal law does not draw a bright line or identify a number of gun sales per year that differentiate a private seller or hobbyist from a dealer. They do so purposely so they can selectively prosecute those they want to target and look the other way in cases such as “Fast and Furious” where over 2500 guns were sold to straw purchasers under the supervision of ATF agents. The same ATF agents that watched the guns get smuggled into Mexico and in the hands or Mexican cartel members.
          Please do a little more research into this and if in fact your information regarding federal firearms licensing is factual, please provide supporting documentation.

          • inquisitor

            And knowing about this selective prosecution it was perhaps not a wise choice to not simply acquire the license. Just to assure you were not in the gray zone. How difficult would that have been for you?
            And your selling of firearms is not the only charge.
            One is charged with stealing gun parts from the department and both with income tax crimes.
            I know, I know….it is all lies, lies, lies because of Fast & Furious.

          • inquisitor

            But no sense in beating a dead horse on the issue as the die is now cast and the gavel has swung.
            Appeals are rarely won and with this climate of law enforcement criminality, a multiple agency investigation resulting in multiple conviction of crimes will rarely get sorted out for the sake of justice especially when firearms and taxes are involved. They don’t play around with this kind of thing.

            Perhaps one needs to start looking at the entire situation from a more realistic and practical perspective.

            Sentencing is soon around the corner.
            There will be a long time to spend in prison and it is best to do everything possible to make that hard time as easy as possible.
            There are going to be a lot of lonely tear-filled nights staring at the ceiling and hugging the pillow while murmuring, “Why, Why me?…sniffle.”

            I really feel for Tammy. Such a beautiful and poised lady.
            During the interview, I can see in her fawn-like eyes that she is truly frightened for her future with the money now drained and the uncertainty of how to pick up the pieces afterward as a convicted felon with no future in law enforcement in a troubled economy. Her life, as she knew it, is crushed and over. There is very little light shining at the end of the tunnel. What is really left for her? Or when she gets out?

            Dire and hopeless.

            In any relationship it is really the man that is the captain of the ship. And where has that shipped sailed? Unto jagged rocks. Not a good job there dude. She deserved better than to be led down the road to criminality and a cold prison cell with an orange jumpsuit. She was just, I am sure, taking the mis-guidance of her significant other and thought all would be well. It is a shame really. He was supposed to be the protector, supposed to be…the man. But such trials can be learning opportunities and help one re-evaluate the true value of a damaged relationship with a toxic individual. I am sure she is already making those valuations as we speak and will be doing so from her prison cell in the years to come.

            And Tammy has needs that just cannot be ignored for her sake. This fine woman should be right now kicking back on a yacht sipping pina coladas in the sunshine with the right kind of man that can truly take care of all her needs and keep her from trouble or harm, not caught up in illegal scams just to make a buck and letting all that latina fineness go to waste behind concrete and metal. She should be universes away from her present reality. She should be taking long joyrides on the Big D, have all the bills paid with no worries…being treated like a real woman.

            It looks to me like Tammy may still have a few good miles left in her. And to prevent her from deteriorating quickly in a prison environment she is going to need the right kind of support from visitors and whatever care packages of prison-approved goodies can be supplied to her. She needs to be comforted and know that she has a brighter future than the one that awaits for her now.

            Being a young, healthy, virile, handsome man of means perhaps I can be of some assistance to her in this regard. Once she is placed into a facility I can easily look up her location with the BOP and mail her a letter. If her interest is peaked and she chooses to write me back and exchange some correspondence we can take it from there. Should she find that prospects look promising there may be a possibility she could get me on the visitor list and from there schedule an initial introduction. I can fly anywhere, anytime…money is no limitation.
            At that point, I am quite sure she will be overwhelmed, flattered and most pleased by the complete package that is presented before her that it will be no problem to work out with the warden regular in-house, personal and intimate, deep conjugal counseling therapy sessions between her, myself and with the Big D. Time for a hardware upgrade to version 10.0″. From there who knows? She may secure a future on the outside as one of my house bitches and if she does well, she may be promoted among the ranks to head house bitch with all the perks. You gotta’ have a goal.
            Talk soon baby cakes, hang in there.

    • Robo

      No they didn’t. It’s a matter of interpretation based on whether you’re doing it for a living. Selective enforcement triggered by the Blue Line tripwire. Pathetic. No wonder there are so few good cops.

      • sunshipballoons

        That’s what Carlos said, not what the law says. The law says that you’re guilty if you’re doing it with the “objective of livelihood and profit.” That sounds like it means “doing it to make money.” We’d have to look at the case law to get a firmer answer, but just because Carlos says you have to be doing it as your primary living doesn’t make that true.

        Also, I completely agree that the selective enforcement based on whistle blowing is troubling. But this whole thing would be more troubling if they were more clearly innocent.

        • Robo

          Livelihood would mean that your financial well being depended upon the activity. Profit is a corporate term. Buying a gun, fixing it up and selling it can actually be an expense based on what a given man’s time is worth.

          • sunshipballoons

            Yes, those are possible interpretations. So is: “any endeavor through which you seek to earn money.” I take it you haven’t researched FLA case law on this issue.

          • Robo

            Thought is was a Federal (ATF) case, most of which is in violation of the Constitution of course. Can you imagine similar prohibitions on books? And before you say it I could definitely kill you with one.

          • sunshipballoons

            Yes, I can. Despite the fact that the first amendment says that Congress, and via the 14th Amendment, the states “can make no law…abridging the freedom of speech,” court’s consistently have approved all sorts of such restrictions. That’s because the 1st A, just like the 2nd A, is read by all reasonable people as allowing reasonable restrictions that were never intended to be prohibited, and only prohibiting substantial infringement. So you can have a reasonable time, place and manner restriction on speech, but can’t ban speech. Just as you can regulate how and when you can sell guns, but probably can’t ban guns.

          • Robo

            No law means no law. It just goes to show how convoluted people have made such a simple, straight forward document. The courts opinions don’t ultimately mean much unless you honestly believe that one branch of government can protect us from another. Placing “regulations” on the purchase or sale of firearms is just as egregious as a straight ban. As evidenced by our current precarious Orwellian, Kafkaesque position as citizens the founders didn’t go far enough elaborating. “Reasonable” peoples opinions have no bearing on my rights. They are natural. A 99% tyranny of the majority cannot undo them.

          • sunshipballoons

            Cool, so you’re against laws banning defamation. Or, for that matter, laws banning brandishing a weapon at a school. Or shooting into the air. Or standing in the middle of a crowded theater and screaming at the top of your lungs. Or yelling “fire” in a crowded train station when there is no fire. After all, “no law means no law.”

            It’s interesting that you defend your rights as “natural” rights, but you appeal to the constitution to protect them. Which is it? Do you have rights because they are your natural rights, or do you have them because they are recorded in positive law?

          • Robo

            Defamation is a civil issue. No one can stop you from saying something but can sue you if it’s false. Shooting into the air should be legal if done in a safe direction. Fire in a theater would be more appropriate and it’s obvious that doing such could cause a stampede although I think a “reasonable” person could quickly figure out using their senses that such a statement could be untrue. The Constitution & Bill of Rights in particular were only meant to enshrine natural rights, they don’t grant anything. They were meant to limit government, not citizens. The 2nd amendment, like the 1st are both bulwarks against tyrannical government. I’d suggest following Judge Andrew Napalitano and reading Hologram of Liberty to get started.

          • jim

            Obama lover fuck off.

          • Carlos_Miller

            Below is the federal interpretation, which in this case, could be interpreted either way. There is no doubt they were avid gun collectors and enthusiasts. They even met for the first time at the gun range.

            With two full-time salaries each, is it reasonable to believe they would engage in gun sales for the sole purpose of profiting?

            And if that’s the case, how much profit would they have made by selling 600 guns over seven years?

            Maybe they can answer that here, but I think it’s obvious that their main “intent underlying the sale or disposition of firearms” was mostly because they love guns, not because they needed a few extra dollars in their bank account.

            Here’s the federal interpretation:

            (22) The term “with the principal objective of livelihood and profit” means that the intent underlying the sale or disposition of firearms is predominantly one of obtaining livelihood and pecuniary gain, as opposed to other intents, such as improving or liquidating a personal firearms collection:


          • sunshipballoons

            Interesting. So the issue is NOT whether this is their primary livelihood. It need not be. It simply needs to be that profit is the main reason they are selling guns. That strikes me as unconstitutionally vague.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            There is also plenty of case law available on this, including the one where the guy was convicted for selling 11 guns without a dealer’s license.

            They had plenty of opportunities to do right, but didn’t think that it would catch them.

          • inquisitor

            I may actually agree with ex-cop in this one…shivers.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            See, you can make wise decisions. Step further into the light! LOL

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            No, actually the law is intentionally written in a vague manner so that the government can selectively target and prosecute people. You see the ATF is so aware of this that they even have a policy, the same one they cited in their brainchild Operation Fast and Furious, which deals with gun show investigations. That policy provides a mechanism for them to issue a warning letter if agents feel that a persons actions may require a federal firearms license. No such warning was issued in this case. Think about it. If we were making all of that money the government claims we were making running a “criminal enterprise” why would we have reported police corruption and brought all of this unnecessary attention to ourselves?
            Fact is if you cross the line, you will pay for doing so. Especially when you are dealing with cops who are connected.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Well, obviously you need to talk to your own lawyer on this.

            I think that it is clear enough based on case law that you should have gotten your FFL. That’s my opinion.

            I don’t think that it is appropriate how they came after you. I’m not a fan of selective enforcement.

          • inquisitor

            And the next question would be how difficult is it really for two law enforcement officers to acquire their FFL just to be on the safe side concerning interpretations of the law and the business they are conducting with firearms sales?

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            That’s just it. Nothing would have prevented us from getting a license if we wanted to do it as a business. We had no interest in doing it as a business. It was a hobby. Our passion. We had two full time jobs each.

          • inquisitor

            I know.
            It does sound like this was a well-coordinated job done out of retaliation.

            What is the next move?
            When are you both to surrender to authorities to serve seven years each?

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            We are being sentenced on January 9, 2014. Not sure when we will be told to surrender ourselves yet. As soon as we are sentenced we can file appeal. Working on an Appelate attorney now.

          • sunshipballoons

            Regardless of my view on your guilt, the potential sentences seem well beyond reasonable. Good luck at your sentencing hearing — hopefully the judge will be reasonable.

          • inquisitor

            Please post an update here once you receive sentencing and all the particulars. We need to be aware of these very real events as they unfold to learn from should others’ rights be violated in the future.
            Your unfortunate trial by fire can be of benefit to others.

            Once you are sentenced and then surrender for incarceration in a federal facility you will be under the authority of the Bureau of Prisons which has its own corruptions.
            Now…they have got you.
            It is in there that the truly corrupt can manipulate events in a federal facility to keep you there even longer should someone really want to do that.

            Considering the many agencies involved with your investigation it would seem likely that the Bureau of Prisons may also be compromised by this inner elite of networked psychopaths operating within the many law enforcement agencies and networks. There may be federal facilities and wardens that are earmarked as specific and used to punish whistleblowers to law enforcement such as yourselves.
            Your path may already be marked out in this regard as to who is going to handle you. Be wary of prison psychologists presented to assist you regarding your …”well-being”.

            One of their tactics is to put you both in separate facilities located very far apart from one another and even in separate states and far from Florida. This makes it more difficult for your local attorneys to visit and dialogue with you in person should you be working on an appeal.
            This creates more expenses for them to have to take flights and more hours to work with you on the case. It also makes it more difficult for family, friends and support to easily visit both of you during incarceration. How much easier would it be for a Miami attorney to work on your appeals if Ralph were incarcerated in Yazoo, Mississippi and Tammy in Seagoville, Texas? Sometimes they will incarcerate you locally in the beginning and then do a transfer or two to keep you and your appeal off balance.

            It is a good idea to have your attorney to prepare requests to the judge and to BOP that you both be incarcerated and kept within the state of Florida for ease of convenience for family and attorney contact and access. Should your money now be running low…then some type of mention of financial hardship could be submitted. Worth a try, but the prison system tends to act the way it wants regardless.

          • inquisitor

            Jury Convicts Former Hialeah Police Officer and Wife of Dealing in Firearms without a License

            November 10, 2013

            Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, Michael J. De Palma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Scott J. Israel, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and RicL. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), announce that Rafael Oscar Valdes and Tammy Lynn Valdes,of Miami, Florida, were found guilty by a federal jury of all counts charged in connection with the unlawful sale of hundreds of firearms without a federal firearms license.

            After a two week trial and over 300 items of admitted evidence, the jury convicted Rafael Valdes with dealing in firearms without a license (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A)), making a false statement to a federal firearms dealer (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6)) interstate transportation of stolen property (18 U.S.C. § 2314), and filing false tax returns for years 2008 – 2011 (26 U.S.C. § 7206(1)).

            The jury also convicted Tammy Valdes with dealing in firearms without a license and filing false tax returns for years 2008 – 2011. At
            sentencing, Rafael Valdes faces a combined maximum statutory term of imprisonment of 37 years, as well as paying restitution to the City of
            Hialeah and possible fines. At sentencing, Tammy Valdes faces a combined maximum statutory term of imprisonment of 18 years and possible fines. Sentencing is scheduled for December 12, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

            According to the court record and evidence presented at trial, Rafael Valdes was employed as a police officer with the City of Hialeah,Florida since 2004. Tammy Valdes was also once employed as a police officer with the City of West Miami, Florida, from 2004 until 2008 and the Town of Golden Beach, Florida, from 2008 through 2009. Neither defendant ever possessed a federal firearms license.

            The Valdeses were initially indicted on December 13, 2012, for dealing in firearms without a license.
            Starting as early as July 2005, and continuing through June 2012, the
            defendants sold hundreds of firearms. In November 2008, the defendants began buying and selling firearms under the fictitious name of Custom Weapons Systems. The defendants advertised and sold over 100 firearms via the Internet to persons across the nation. The defendants also attended over 100 gun shows in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, during which they purchased over 400 firearms and sold over 500 firearms. At times, their purchase and subsequent sale of firearms took place on the same day. Additionally, the defendants sold nine firearms to undercover agents, solicited the purchase of firearms from undercover agents, and offered to acquire firearms for undercover agents on a repetitive basis.

            As part of the initial indictment, Rafael Valdes was charged with making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer in December 2008 when he purchased three AR-15 serialized lower receivers. Evidence admitted during trial proved that Rafael Valdes purchased those receivers for the sole purpose of building and selling completed rifles to three other officers after taking deposits. Rafael Valdes then falsely stated on an ATF Form 4473 that all three receivers were his, when in fact he was acquiring those receivers for other persons.

            On July 31, 2013, a superseding indictment added tax charges against both defendants for filing false tax returns from 2008 – 2011, in that they failed to report their total income which included money derived from firearm sales. During trial, evidence was presented that the Valdeses failed to report over $350,000.00 in gross receipts during 2008 – 2011.

            The superseding indictment also charged Rafael Valdes with transporting stolen firearm parts from the Hialeah Police Department where he was employed in the training section.
            During trial, the evidence showed that Rafael Valdes took apart
            firearms that were in evidence at the Hialeah Police Department and
            deemed to be destroyed. Rafael Valdes then advertised those parts for sale on the internet and later transported those parts to buyers located across the United States, including; New York, California, Utah, and Missouri. Rafael Valdes then deposited the proceeds into his personal bank account. In addition to selling parts of firearms that were once in evidence, Rafael Valdes also sold machine gun parts taken from six different Heckler and Koch, MP-5 machine guns which had been utilized by the Hialeah Police Department SWAT team.

            Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative and cooperative efforts of ATF, IRS-CI, BSO, PBSO, Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami Beach Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, Virginia Gardens Police Department, Hialeah Police Department, FDLE, FBI and HSI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam McMichael and John McMillan.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            Don’t believe what you read. The facts and the evidence do not support the allegations. Remember the government has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal prosecution. The defendants start of supposedly presumed innocent and are not even required to testify in their defense or to put on a defense case. How do you criminally charge an American citizen with a crime and then initiate the investigation a month later? How does a revenue agent for the IRS provide sworn testimony that a person underreported their taxes when based on his own testimony his numbers were less than 90% accurate? Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is 100%. 5 out of 5! Not 4 out of 5! This is a sensationalized press release to justify their existence. I would have loved to read their press release for Fast and Furious. Who was held accountable for that? Oh, that’s right. NO ONE!

          • inquisitor

            I posted the article from the southern district website only to note their perspective and the many law enforcement agencies and their officers involved in the case.

            This is quite an effort of corruption by and across multiple local and federal agencies and their officers that were all willing to lie and violate your rights while putting their own reputations and jobs on the line just for the sake of getting you both for a measly couple of officers from Golden Beach that happened to be double dipping when you blew the whistle.
            Almost hard to believe that all these agencies and all these officers would be on the same page and acting in concert with such multiple violations of due process and mass corruption. Very risky to their careers to get all the ducks in line and keep them that way.
            If the violations and lies were so obvious then that would mean the judge was in on it too?

            I am currently reading the court documents related to Tammy’s dismissed attempted lawsuit against Miami-Dade college where she was teaching where students described her unprofessional behavior on the job and the reprimands by her superiors.


          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            Good. Please make sure you read the ones from her lawsuit against her former employer where she blew the whistle on corrupt cops. Unless you have prior law enforcement experience you would not understand the inner workings of the Animal. All it takes is for one high ranking or influential person to call in a favor and later on the rest is just a snowball effect. Only one person needs to really know what the real reason behind the prosecution is. The others just know what they are told and what they are briefed on. Make sure you also read about the lawsuit against her former employer also, the city of Opa-Locka who paid her six figures in an out of court settlement because they knew what the alternative would have been if they chose to try the case. Tammy has always been known to be very vocal and she is not the type to look the other way. There is no room in the profession for corrupt cops. You’re either a cop or a criminal but you can’t be both.

          • inquisitor

            So are you saying that the document describing Tammy’s unprofessional behavior is all lies in regards to the alleged testimony of students and her superiors?
            That her claim of gender discrimination was not considered by the judge another unfair outcome and miscarriage of justice?

            What I am seeing here is a pattern of lawsuits filed by Tammy.
            Some may be successful, but still could be false.
            This could indicate a pattern of playing the victim or frivolity with lawsuits to cover her own inappropriate behaviors or that the police are just totally corrupt in every respect and lie about every petty thing even inter-agency against their own kind. Can’t have it both ways.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            We are not claiming that at all. That litigation has nothing whatsoever to do with the case where she reported police corruption. No one ever said Tammy or I were perfect. For that matter, let the first perfect person on on here cast the first stone. I do not see the nexus of complaints from students to a police officer who expose corruption and theft of tax payer dollars which results in the arrests and termination of 25% of a police department, based on sworn testimony from the Chief of police who was fired himself.

          • inquisitor

            I am completely aware that this litigation has nothing whatsoever to do with the case where she reported police corruption…legally speaking.
            I am merely examining information and using it to determine credibility.

            Sometimes in certain situations people find themselves in they are not able to examine just how much they have contributed and steered themselves into their fate. Just how much they contributed to their own mess and circumstances.

            Nor does this have to do with measuring some ideal of perfection against you. That is a bit of a hyper-defensive comment that skirts what it is that I am actually doing.
            But how far from perfect are we actually talking about here may be quite relevant.

            But let us just say for a moment, hypothetically, that Tammy was a shit of a cop and a shit of a person…that she was corrupt. Let us assume for a moment that she is many of the negative things that people here know cops can be. And let us just say that to get kudos within her own department and for the sake of commendation and advancement in her own career that she blew the whistle on double dipping officers, not because it was the right thing to do, but was motivated by the thought of how it could serve her. Perhaps, as vindictive as people can be, that she was having sex with one of these officers, knowing all along they were double dipping, but now the officer snubbed her in some way and she was going to get back at him one way or another. Or she could have found out about their double dipping and attempted to blackmail or control them with that information and they did not play ball.

            Many potential possibilities that could be at play here and I am not saying any of these are true.

            I mean, it is possible is it not that someone, anyone, can be this way?
            Sure it is.

            Maybe both these cops were real fucking dicks on the job and to people and maybe they had their own side scams going on while using their office to accomplish those scams.

            Why would I just accept what these two say in their interview as the absolute truth without doing some investigating and due diligence?
            Wouldn’t a cop be diligent in their investigation they were doing on me and use the fact that I am now a convicted felon to diminish my credibility?

            So this document concerning the events that transpired at Miami-Dade college can be a snapshot in time giving some indication as to what kind of person and officer Tammy may have been.

          • inquisitor

            Now examining the details of this incident.

            It would seem Tammy was hired part time as an instructor and had multiple complaints from students about her disruptive behavior while talking loudly on the cellphone and using profanity during class and exam time. These complaints were investigate, found valid, and Tammy was informed that it was unacceptable.

            Then there were multiple incidents of being late, not even showing up for classes, cancelling classes without notice, etc.

            So Tammy is counseled and reprimanded for her poor performance.

            And what is Tammy’s response?
            She files a grievance about how she is being treated unfairly.

            The response to her grievance are the record of complaints and of her poor performance on the job.

            Tammy could have taken the warnings. counseling and guidance from her superiors and merely been more professional in her behavior but that would require admission of that and taking accountability.
            Instead, she files a grievance.

            Furthermore, the document mentions an attitude of negativity, bitching, more trashmouthing and talking down to students as “idiots” which is additional to the previous unprofessional behaviors.

            Then there is a further mention of using SOJ ammo and magazines that are deemed inappropriate.

            Action is now taken with suspension without pay.

            Tammy’s response to being suspended without pay is to file a complaint about gender discrimination.

            Later, Tammy is terminated.

            Tammy’s response to being terminated was to file another complaint that this was done because of her first complaint.

            Tammy then files suit.

            No discrimination or retaliation is able to be determined.

            The suit is dismissed.

            Tammy then appeals.


            So my question to myself is how much did Tammy contribute to her own mess and to the evolution of her circumstances? And is Tammy the kind of person to own up to her imperfections and change accordingly or just resort to some retaliatory tactics of her own, yet eventually to her own detriment?

            Are we dealing with a self-absorbed, self-concerned, selfish bitch with a superiority complex who doesn’t give a fuck about anyone else other than herself and anyone that gets in the way will get a discrimination suit filed…”so you best back the hell up from her” kind of attitude?

            Because if we are then perhaps we are talking about a certain kind of attitude that seems to often be rightly associated with cop behavior.

            And then one would have to really question if Ralph was the type of cop who, after a long time on the force and nestled comfortably within his cop power tripping attitudes, was quite comfortable with stealing and reselling department gun parts slated for destruction for his own personal gain.

            It is a matter of examining all possibilities and playing devil’s advocate.

            I am not some cracker that just fell of the turnip truck.
            I have experience with my own profiting from less-than-savory activities within the south Florida area while presenting an image as an upstanding and affluent member of the community.
            It was my job for many years to deliver kilos of “whatever” for cash.
            As it was also to secure police protection for my activities.
            A certain house on Golden Beach owned by a mega-rich Portuguese Jew in the international shipping business was a regular recipient of my herbal delights.
            So…I have quite an intimate knowledge of…the Animal.
            I have broken bread and spoke candidly with personalities such as Bob Butterworth and former Golden Beach mayor Michael Addicott.
            Corruption and self-gain is so pervasive in south Florida one should be suspect in incidences where people claim it does not exist…because it is the exception and not the rule.

            But all this is really water under the bridge.
            You have been charged, arrested, stood trial, and have been found guilty by a jury of your peers and now await sentencing.

            I would imagine, whether you contributed to your circumstance or not or have been one hundred percent railroaded in every respect, that this has not been easy for either of you.
            The loss of your jobs, income, time, the amount of money for attorneys, reputations, having a felony record and all that results regarding future employment and rights, and the future regarding the amount time for sentencing and then actually doing that time, and knowing that appeals are rarely won must be overwhelming and even soul-crushing.

            But now is the time to self-reflect. Did you ever issue a ticket that someone did not deserve, lie and threaten citizens just to let people know you were in a position of authority to satisfy your own ego, lie on a police report, take a bribe, double dip, lie and help send someone to jail who did not deserve it, smack someone around or kick someone’s head in who didn’t deserve it, or become an instigating factor against a citizen in attempt to ramp up more charges, protect other cop’s wrongdoings, or perhaps lie in court?

          • inquisitor

            What? What? What?
            Crickets chirping in the background…

            Yeah…thought so.

          • inquisitor

            From my own personal experience in the criminal underground while also portraying myself as an upstanding pillar of the community, I can attest that acts of overt doo-gooderism, heroics and such also make the perfect cover for my more nefarious activities and also help in defense of those activities should I be later found out.

            In many instances that which is attempted to be passed off as good and admirable is just evil doing evil to evil, not the truly good vanquishing the truly evil.

          • Washington

            Clearly a case of stupid jurors. What we need is smarter jurors with a back bone.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            Did we mention that the foreman of the jury was an activist who ran one of mayor Bloombergs groups? One of the biggest anti gun supporters in the country. Perhaps something he forgot to mention during jury selection.

          • James M Morriss

            “…that all three receivers were his, when in fact he was acquiring those receivers for other persons.”
            When I “acquire” something that means it IS mine. The only things you don’t have to “acquire” in this world is what your born with, literally. The only thing that differs is the means of acquisition. So I don’t understand the problem with the receivers. There are large companies that sell ARs that make them from parts bought from other manufacturer. So unless he stole them, It doesn’t make sense. Was he supposed to have manufactured them?

            Again they use the number of weapons to vilify, the laws are not based on the number of items bought and sold in a given period, therefore the mention of large numbers are merely being used to prejudice the reader into a desired mindset. Take out the numbers. They could have sold 10,000 guns and bought 15,000 at one time as long as they were still building their collection. The law says that clearly. You can liquidate all or any part of a collection; that means 500 gun to 500 people or 1 person. It would seem that if a number is not used to define a law, you cannot then use a number to claim the law was broken.

            I know all to well about the “evidence” that gets presented in court. I would have to read the transcript to be able to determine if is enough for me to “convict” them. They are innocent until proven guilty, and as acquittal does not mean innocent conviction does not mean guilt.

          • inquisitor

            Thank you for the….speculations.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes


            Glad to see there are folks who can see things for what they truly are. You are right on point with the issues you make reference too. I can see that the criminals have already made their way onto here posting more of their ridiculous posts. I suppose that their other venues are not enough for “Inquisitor”. We continue the fight and will get the word out to the public. Thank you for your support James.

          • inquisitor

            And the stolen gunparts from the department sent over state lines?
            And the three years of fraudulent tax returns and failing to claim $350,000?

            I can hear the response now…
            “All lies, lies I say. All these people are fabricating crimes and placing their own careers at risk with absolutely no physical evidence for the sake of getting even for a couple low level double dippers we ratted on.”

          • Tammy Valdes


            If you would like to engage in an intelligent, intellectual debate I would be happy to do so. However I will not feed into fantasy and childish comments. We simply do not have time to play those games. The government presented as evidence in trial the testimony of a “expert” witness who testified that after examining a list on paper of guns that were destroyed from the police department and reviewing the ads I placed on my gunbroker account that there was a “possibility” and not a probability that the parts I sold came from guns destroyed by the police department. He never inspected any of the guns that were destroyed or the parts that were sold. His testimony was based solely on speculation. The government presented three chiefs from the police department and they all testified they have never had not reported any gun parts missing from their property room. If you care to learn more about this count I invite you to visit and to read the pending post trial motion for a judgement of Aquitaine on this count. Sadly the US Attorneys office left this out of their press release along with the fact that for over 20 of my husbands 25 year career he was a gunsmith and armor and that we produced receipts for thousands of dollars worth of parts that he bought and later sold some of them.

            Regarding the tax charges the sum of $350,000 is not accurate either as the government claims that we owe approximately $30,000 in back taxes over a period of five years. Another minute detail that was left out of the release was the fact that we did not claim the income or take the deductions because we were acting under the advice of our tax preparer who informed us that our activity was a hobby and not a business and that we could not use the deductions.

            Lastly, although I am flattered by your compliments I must tell you that I stand 100% by my husband now and forever. I am perfectly happy with his “Big D” in your words, he is a man of character and integrity and as you can see from his previous posts, not a man who hides behind an assumed identity or a keyboard. One must truly wonder why a person would take time out of their life to sit down and write a message such as the one you previously posted about me and assume that I would ever regardless of the circumstances in my life give a person like you the time of day? As the old saying goes, it’s nice to dream.

          • inquisitor

            And she is still bucking. I like that.
            I understand the need to put up the pretenses.
            Your amenability will vary according to circumstances. Like how many years you get and of course when the optimism fades after the appeal is denied. When one gets to sit with their own thoughts for a long while with no distractions, then priorities tend to be reconsidered.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            Here is another case similar to ours. Except in this case the ATF chose to issue a warning letter and the individual disregarded it and continued his activity at the gun shows. He was acquitted in trial even after receiving a warning letter. I have the transcripts of the entire trial. If the government wants to prosecute citizens for licensing violations them they need to have laws that clearly define what constitutes a violation. In this case, the law establishes no bright line as to what constitutes a “dealer” vs. a hobbyist or collector.


          • Robert49

            What I find that is such a criminal joke against you 2 is that the US govt sent thousands of military grade firearms to the Mexican Drug Cartels and then want to arrest and prosecute you two on the sell of a handful of firearms? Prime example of why a lot of Americans see anything the Govt feds/ATF do as laughable when they engage in more criminal behavior than anybody in the United States of America! From my View a lot of ATF agents should all be in jail right now because they have helped cause the deaths of multiple thousands of Mexican deaths in the drug cartel wars! One more thing just for kickers! The Federal Reserve Banks launder most all the big illicit drug cartels money! Wink wink!

          • $910553

            You mean like your pig buddies and the Federal Prosecutors did to the Reese family in New Mexico?

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Since I don’t have any friends that are New Mexican officers, nor do I know any current federal prosecutors, I doubt it.

            You know, if you would post a link to info on that case, I might be able to respond.

          • Robert49

            I Laugh when silly people such as yourself yelp, it’s the law that has to be followed! Unless someone injured someone’s property or person the the claim is nothing more than a bureaucratic violation of some administrative code. There was no injured party unless a witness came forward and claimed injury due to them selling a firearm, then they would have to prove their juries!

            Most law in most states including Florida is nothing but a state of overreaching cesspool of bureaucratic administrative codes and weak attempts at micromanaging the population’s lives at every level possible.
            I am one of those dangerous juror’s because unless their is a injury to property or person that can be proved I will vote for invalidation of bogus control freak laws by a not guilty vote!

    • Carlos_Miller

      There are so many vague federal laws, that we are usually breaking some law or another at any given time.

      This article says there is a law against using fake names on the internet, so ….

      • sunshipballoons

        Your point lends credibility to the suggestion that it’s problematic if these two were selectively prosecuted for a crime they did commit because they did something anti-police. But that pales in comparison to a situation where somebody is prosecuted for a crime of which they are innocent.

        By way of comparison, I’m in favor of drug sentencing reform, but it would be idiotic to advocate for that by pointing to the fact that a violent drug lord has a long prison sentence. Not that what these people did compares to the acts of a violent drug lord, but I don’t think that defending the guilty is the best way to crusade against police abuses of folks who whistleblow on them.

        I mean no offense to to Mr. and Mrs. Valdes. There are far worse crimes than selling guns at a gun show. I just don’t think they’re the right people to be the face of the point you’re making.

        • Robo

          “The more laws you create, the more criminals you create.” A system with too many laws is evil. It’s sole purpose is to selectively prosecute for political purposes and to undo the liberty of the individual citizen.

        • inquisitor

          This article reads like they needed a license and did not have one.
          The same crew had busted another police officer for doing the same thing.

          Golden Beach Whistleblower Tammy Valdes And Her Husband Charged With Selling Illegal Guns

          By Francisco Alvararado
          Fri., Dec. 14 2012 at 4:58 PM

          Tammy Valdes, a former Golden Beach Police officer who recently won $233,000 in damages against the town for wrongful termination, has been criminally charged with illegal firearms dealing. Her husband Rafael Valdes, a Hialeah Police officer, is also facing a federal charge of making a material false statement in connection with the sale or
          disposition of firearms, according to an indictment announced today.

          Miami New Times previously reported on Valdes’ three-year legal fight with Golden Beach officials. She sued the town following her dismissal in 2009.

          She claimed she was unjustly fired because she tried to expose
          corruption in the Golden Beach Police Department. On Sept. 12, a federal jury ruled in her favor, awarding her $233,000 in damages plus attorney fees for Valdes.

          According to the indictment, the 45-year-old ex-cop and her spouse had been selling firearms without a federal license from July 2005 through June of this year. The feds allege the Valdes’ advertised and sold 100 guns on the Internet to individuals in 44 states. In addition, the couple attended 60 guns shows across Florida where they bought over 400 guns and sold over 500 pieces.

          The Valdes’ referred questions to their attorney Michael Filer, who said: “I am very confident when all the facts come to light that my clients will be vindicated.” He declined further comment about the case.

          The indictment also claims Tammy and Rafael sold nine firearms to undercover agents, solicited the purchase of firearms from undercover agents, and offered to acquire firearms for undercover agents. The feds claim Rafael lied to agents when he claimed he was buying firearms frames and receivers for himself when in fact the parts were for someone else.

          As part of the indictment, the government wants to seize five rifles, four shotguns, and 38 handguns that were seized from the Valdes’ as part of the investigation, which earlier this year nabbed a former Miami Beach police officer of illegally selling guns. That officer shared a booth next to the Valdes’ display at various gun shows, the feds allege.

          If convicted of dealing in firearms without a license, Tammy and Rafael each face a possible maximum five year prison sentence. If Rafael is convicted of making a material false statement, he faces an additional ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

          • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

            Inquisitor, you left out one big piece of the puzzle. The other cop this crew “busted” was formerly licensed as a federal firearms dealer and had knowledge of federal firearms licensing laws, he had over 700 guns seized from his home, of which 6 were stolen, 25,000 rounds of ammunition and over $70k in cash. He also was unemployed since 1999 when he was fired as a cop and lived off of buying and selling guns from 1999 to 2012 when he was arrested.
            Slight difference I would say.

          • inquisitor

            Definitely. Thanks for the information. Just trying to get my head around this story and the more facts the better.

            Your story very much reminds me of the story of the DHS woman that turned whistleblower and the DHS descended upon her like she was a terrorist.

            There was a documentary made about it called TOP PRIORITY: The Terror Within.


      • Charles D Bingham

        Have you seen John Stossel’s Illegal Everything?

  • OhSnapDJB


  • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

    We are available to discuss our case if you should have any further questions. This can happen to any American citizen. We can be reached at the below email address for questions and comments;

    • Robert49

      Seems to me that criminal corruption at all levels of govt is vastly increasing. As the light of truth gets brighter so does the darkness get darker!

      Fact is selective prosecution happens in the USA at the local, state and federal level many many times a day. Usually always has to do with type of revenge against a citizen for speaking out about corruption or using their supposed govt authority to commit crimes against a citizen and make up false claims against the citizen! Read former NYPD/former DEA agent Mike Levine’s book ” The Great White Lie ” guess from what Mike Levine states in his book and what I have read in many news reports that the police depts. at all levels of govt are heavily corrupted!
      Is getting worse by the day also!

  • $910553

    Actually, Omerta and the Blue Wall of Silence are DIRECT OPPOSITES. The Mafia Omerta is in honor of THEIR oath. The Blue Wall of Silence, however, is “Law Enforcement” spitting on THEIR oath. That is why I consider a Mafia enforcer or hit man to be far better than any pig in this country. The stench is overwhelming.

  • Paul Kisling

    Call me a cynic but why does your story make you special? Because for the first time in your lives you were threatened by the police? I have news for you; it happens every day to non-police. Its not that special. The only thing that makes it special is that you go from being in the “Only Ones” club to being treated like a regular citizen.

  • Phred

    What, cops are thugs? I’m shocked!

  • Jay

    something smells in the city. Massive cover ups.

  • Film The Police Always

    Film the Police! Trust NO COP EVER! Not even these two. They sit there like they are the victims which I know they are, but I also know that they caused victims on their own. Cops, Prosecutors and Judges are corrupt.

  • ethanspapa

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. If we ever need a civilian review board to investigate law enforcement, now is the time.!
    This stuff of get on the ground now or get tased is horrifically stupid. This isn’t Afghanistan.
    Where is the Earl Warren Court of my youth. Replaced by people that live in fear.

    As with the bible everyone interprets differently so does our Constitution and Bill Of Rights.
    I have never seen so many officer involved shootings by saint Mike’s finest since 9/11.
    I’m sure that 60 million illegal aliens and Obama letting in 2 out of every 3 seeking asylum has something to do with it.
    ” AND SO IT GOES! “

  • inquisitor

    Golden Beach.
    I am very familiar with that cesspit of rich, corrupt, quarreling, cannibalistic Jew piranhas.

    The place is a shithole of conflicts of interests, favoritism, ethics violations and criminal conduct…it’s a lifestyle.

  • jim

    Well their is some ATF back dealing here they were helping officer friends that were fired from police department for double dipping working for city and private company at the same time.

    • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

      Jim you’re right on point!

  • Peaceful Streets

    If a cop dares to try to do the right thing they get crushed by the thin blue line.

  • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

    Just in case some of you were wondering if maybe we were wearing tin foil hats that were a little too tight. Watch this link. It does happen. Expose government corruption or incompetence and you too will be a target…….

  • Ralph and Tammy Valdes

    part of our fight to get the truth out about government corruption and
    what happens to whistleblowers when they expose it we are posting the
    following e-mail address and fax number to the Senate Oversight
    Committee who investigates whistleblower complaints and retaliation. If
    you support our cause we ask that you please write an e-mail or fax a
    letter to the Senate Oversight Committee and ask that
    they look into this matter so they can get to the bottom of it. These
    are the same people who were part of investigating the ATF Fast and
    Furious Operation and the Department of Justice involvement. They are
    very familiar with how both of these agencies work towards silencing

    Fax #: 1-202-224-3799